Advice and Guidance

Succession of volunteers

Its important as a Woodcraft Folk group that as well as operating on a day to day basis you also look to the future. We've noticed over the last few years groups run by longstanding members sadly folded when key volunteers stood down. We want to support our groups to start thinking about volunteer succession and why it's important to have an action plan now rather then being reactive to a volunteer stepping down. 

Group Sustainability & Growth

Sustaining existing groups & helping them to grow is one of Woodcraft Folk’s strategic priorities and we want to give our groups as much support as possible to ensure they continue to provide Folk activities for children and young people in their local area.

Transgender Inclusion

Woodcraft Folk's Inclusion Statement on supporting members who identify as Trans, and encouraging groups to challenge gender sterotypes, was adopted by General Council in March 2017 and further supporting documents & guidance were produced in 2019. 

All of the documents listed below contain background information, the law and practical advice for group leaders, covering:

What commitment is expected of volunteers and parents?

Volunteers

As a minimum, we expect you to uphold our aims & principles and safeguard our children & young people.

Anyone who does help out should familiarise themselves with the policies and proceedures that ensure Woodcraft Folk is a fun and safe environment for all. 

What costs do we need to cover?

As a group, you will need to cover the following:

Do parents have to stay with their children?

If you're going to a Woodchip group, parents are almost always required to stay. 

Parents are not usually required to stay in other groups. In fact, many groups discourage parents from staying if they are not helping out with the group. Having an 'audience' of parents can be distracting for both children and leaders. That said, most groups rely on some parental involvement, so parents may need to volunteer to stick around sometimes to keep the group running. 

 

What's the point of recruiting more children if we already have enough in the group?

  • Children will move on to older age groups, or leave the group for other reasons.
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